Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood clashes with security forces

October 13, 2007 12:07

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested Saturday after police fired tear gas at hundreds of worshippers in a northern Nile Delta city shortly before prayers celebrating the festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, police and group's Web site reported. The clashes erupted when Brotherhood members rallied Muslim worshippers to hold Eid al-Fitr prayers in an empty lot instead of a mosque in the village of Old Salhiya, said a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press. Blue security trucks sealed off the area while police fired tear gas to disburse the gathering, the official said. Brotherhood members and others reacted by hurling stones at security forces. The local Muslim Brotherhood Web site 15 people injured and 35 arrested. Police said that dozens arrested but didn't give a specific number.

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